Reading is fundamental.
Many writers will naturally be big readers. It’s in our nature to absorb words, characters, and stories, wherever we can. Some writers aren’t big on books, although they have every reason to be. By reading we learn sentence structure, grammar, plot progressions, character archetypes, clichés, genre styles, and ultimately, the difference between good and bad writing. Reading becomes a lot more than just an imaginative escape when you’re serious about developing your craft as a writer.